Zombieland 2, featuring the original cast, is officially on the way

Lewis Collier
July 14, 2018

The long-awaited sequel to the 2009 film is moving forward at Sony almost 10 years after the original opened, with the original cast all set to return. Venom director Ruben Fleischer, who also directed the first installment, is back on board to helm the sequel that fans have been waiting almost a decade for.

Rumors about a follow-up film have circulated for years, thanks to the film's fervent fan base, with The Hollywood Reporter confirming that the project is officially moving forward with original cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. Sony hasn't confirmed a budget, but The Hollywood Reporter (which originally reported the news) notes it's nearly definitely higher than that of Zombieland, which was made for under $24 million and grossed more than four times that worldwide.

Wernick and Reese's success with the Deadpool films have opened up opportunities to develop this sequel, with the duo having hinted at the project earlier this year. Wernick recently said that he was "sitting on information" and that he could not "share at this moment", which sent fans into a frenzy.

The road from the 2009 original to Zombieland 2 has been long, as the almost decade-long gap would suggests. Additionally, Panitch says that he's excited to have Ruben Fleischer back on board to helm the highly anticipated sequel.

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Story details are scarce, but Zombieland 2 will find the makeshift family formed by the end of the first installment facing new challenges from "evolved" zombies as well as some human survivors, all the while dealing with their own group's internal issues.

Sony is targeting a January 2019 start date for production with the film set to hit theaters in October 2019 in time for the tenth anniversary of the original film.

While Sony didn't comment on the increased budget to THR, Columbia President Sanford Panitch said in a statement that they are thrilled to have Fleischer returning to the director's chair and that of all the people who wanted to see the sequel come to light, it was the four stars. "These are some of the most in-demand actors and I think they are making this movie because they love these characters. We are thrilled Ruben was willing to come back to direct the sequel, as his work on Venom has been truly unbelievable".

When it was first announced that Ben Affleck had been cast as Bruce Wayne / Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, most fans were less-than-thrilled with the decision, with many pointing to the actor's previous role in the critically lambasted Daredevil film as a prime example of why he was a bad choice to don the cape and cowl.

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